December 26th, 2000

There are lots of great articles, and some really bad ones, on the Internet. Though we link to all of them at MacOS News Around The Web, some of them deserve special mention here. Most of what we will mention within these pages will be among the best, but on occasion we will talk about articles that are so bad or so wrong we just have to say something. Consider them mini-editorials on our part about things we think you might also be interested in.

Best [3:00 PM] MacWeek: Moving to OS X - Whatis ahead for OS X
Stephen Beale offers a comprehensive look at all the issues surrounding Mac OS X. He looks at the OS itself as well as future development and what it will take to make it successful. This is a great snapshot look at everything related to OS X for those wishing to catch up.

OS X--the culmination of an effort that began many years ago with the ill-fated Copland project--is clearly critical to Appleis future. When Apple made its recent profit warning, Jobs said that many potential Mac customers were holding back on hardware purchases in anticipation of the new OS (see "Apple issues profit warning"). OS X will also boost the Macis multiprocessing performance, an important consideration given Appleis use of dual-processor Power Mac G4 systems to close the perceived "megahertz gap" with Intel and AMD hardware (see "Multiprocessing in Mac OS X"). In addition, OS X opens potential new markets, such as high-end graphics, Web production and enterprise computing, that have been the near-exclusive domain of Windows NT and Unix.

A very good read. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

Best/Worst [4:10 PM] IDG: Mac OS X Beta Diary: Advantage Apple
This entry from IDG makes our Best/Worst rating for two reasons. The article itself is a very good one, but much of the reader feedback is filled with the same old tired crap from whiny, ignorant Mac users afraid to face anything new. The author, Brett Larson, talks about Mac OS X, some of the negative feedback he has gotten about it, and how he sees it as a great future OS for Apple and Mac users. This is a stance that we highly agree with! He then steps us through why he thinks that. Our favorite quote from this piece:

I could go on and on about how the Mac community is once again foaming at the mouth about the latest thing to come to our desktops -- yet it really is no different than the complaints about previous Mac OS and Mac hardware releases. On the surface, one could easily think we are an ungrateful bunch.

The article is a very good read, but scroll down to the reader feedback below the article. Itis frightening to see such ignorant drivel being typed on the keyboards of Mac users. Reviewer - Bryan Chaffin

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